September 2000 also featured a special Quintessence of the Loon
edition, "They laughed at Galileo,
too!", devoted to mad scientists and mad science.
Truth Behind Today's Popular Music added
30 September 2000
You're not going to believe
this! I am sitting here listening to Eagles (note correct fan form
of address) singing Peaceful Easy Feeling, and I come across
this site about what's really in songs. I scroll down a bit and
there's, wait for it, the truth behind Hotel California.
I just happen to have the Hotel California CD right beside
me to play next! But wait, there's more! I put the HC CD
in my CD-ROM drive and RealJukebox REFUSES to play it!!! Zero! Zip!
Zilch! Not a sound! I click on buttons and sliders, but I might
as well be standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, or trying to
check out from somewhere where I can never leave. Will I have to
have my computer exorcised?
Felinity added 30 September
I've mentioned my
cat here occasionally. Here's some information for cat lovers.
Olympic Games added 30 September 2000
On the eve of the closing ceremony, it's time to list a few
more sports that the IOC forgot to include in the Olympic Games.
In my research for this item, I found my next holiday destination.
I've driven through Wooli, home of the Goanna Pulling Championships,
but I didn't know how much fun you could have there. June busts
out all over as Wooli hosts the Goanna Pulling, and you can also
go to nearby Grafton for the Weekend of Trucking and the miniature
horse show. Bliss! It doesn't get any better than this!
Loon of the Month
|I was almost
swayed in my selection of Loon of the Month by the way my
demon-possessed computer refused to play satanic music,
even if only asked to play it forwards. I finally decided
that it was a bit harsh on the baby boomers, because lots
of weird stuff was going on back then and anyone could be
confused by the warm smell of colitas rising up through
the air. Suddenly, there were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say ...
|Welcome to the land of
With its koala bear (though it's not
Plenty of room for the duck-billed quite
And the numbat's here, how did
he get here?
It had to be the Awareness Quest Research. After all,
how often does world history get so comprehensively revised?
Quest Research - Australian Archaeological Anomalies
added 23 September 2000
One of the conundrums of that great intellectual endeavour,
Creation Science, has been the distribution of animals.
If all the animals were on the Ark, how was it that Australia
got all those marsupials? How did the platypus, wallaby
and koala get from Turkey to Toukley? (I know the platypus
is not a marsupial (it's a monotreme), but it's still weird.)
It would have made more sense to find all the pouched critters
near the landing site (they don't travel very well) and
the placental things spread out over the rest of the world.
Also, there was a severe lack of eucalyptus trees on Mount
Ararat, making it even harder for koalas to survive. This
site provides a glimmer of a clue to an idea which may answer
this great question. It seems that there have been archaeological
finds in Australia which suggests a connection with the
Levant. I am proposing an even more radical notion - that
in ancient times, the Middle East was in Australia. Noah
did not wind up on Mount Ararat but on Mount Kuring-Gai,
an isolated and little-explored area with much marsupial
habitat around it. A further clue is that the word "kuring-gai"
means "bloody big boat" in the local Aboriginal
dialect. You can believe me when I say that. You read it
on the Internet.
Perec added 23 September 2000
It is sad to find that a site is lost even before it appears. It
was reported in the press that noted French non-runner Marie-José
Perec had fled the Sydney Olympics to escape from a huge conspiracy
which included the media, hotel staff, mysterious stalkers and people
who could run fast. The facts about this conspiracy are supposed
to be on Mlle Perec's web site, but, alas, the English version is
still a work-in-progress and the French version is broken (more
conspiracy?). We love conspiracies here at Quintessence of the Loon,
so I have included the link in case it starts working again.
It never did get working, and after a while the link just
went to some generic French sports site. Cathy Freeman is
still smiling enigmatically (and still running faster than
Falcon's Nest added 23 September 2000
You've heard about web designers. You have heard about web sites.
Here is the champion of the world. Here is a man with 40,000 web
sites, enough to get him a listing in the "Guiness" record
book (not to mention an invitation to the Angelfire Christmas party).
I didn't actually count them, but it looks like all 40,000 of them
are mentioned on this opening page. Unfortunately, they are not
links, so I couldn't click on all of them to see what they said.
I suppose, though, that if each took as long to load as this one
did and I had looked at even a small fraction of them, I would still
be writing this during the next Olympics. (Serious warning - this
is a BIG web page!)
Olympic Games added 15 September 2000
Certius - Altius - Fortius - Loonius
With the Olympic Games starting today, it is time to look at
the sports that the IOC forgot. Why are these highly-entertaining
and physically-challenging sports excluded? Here is just a sample
of the sports that the rest of us play without any hope of gold
medals, fancy body-hugging uniforms or volume discounts at the pharmacist's
(Thank you to
to Carol Gerten-Jackson for the fine picture of an athlete wrestling
a python. Python wrestling will be a demonstration sport in 2004.)
Henry Graf added 15 September 2000
Some would say that the new millennium is here. Others would not,
but they can be safely ignored. Mr Graf is sure and tells us here
about what is going to happen, and it is not a pretty picture. Harassed
and hounded by the forces of evil, he stands alone in warning us
that what happened (and is happening even today) to him could be
the fate of all of us. Well, of all of you, because I am in Australia
where things are safe. For the moment, that is, because who knows
what secret deals and civil rights negations are being arranged
and agreed by the rich and powerful assembled here for the athletics
carnival? Why, the government issued me with a special identity
pass only the day before yesterday. They say it is a ticket to the
Olympic Games, but I know that it has a microchip in it.
[I notice Mr Graf allows quoting from his site providing that
it is not for invidious purposes. I hope I am not invidious]
Mr Graf wrote in with comments, which
you can see here. Someone
else was really upset and you can see what she had to say
on the same page.
Apollonios' Home On Olympus added 11 September
Simply awesome! There is so much material
on this site that a million monkeys clicking at a million browsers
for a million years would only just scratch the surface. I am amazed
that one person can write so much about so much. I was very impressed
with the photograph of the Holy Grail, although I was annoyed to
find that I had been duped when I bought what was claimed to be
the original and only Grail at a garage sale recently. I would have
been less gullible if I had seen this wonderful site first.
Los Angeles County Coroner's Office Gift Shop //
Skeletons in the Closet added 11 September
I used to work in a cemetery. We had a barbeque
at work one day, and some insensitive people later accused us of
having it in the crematorium. We would not have been so tasteless.
I do wish we had thought of mugs and t-shirts, though.
Key to the Mystery: Thiaoouba Prophecy, future of humanity...
added 11 September 2000
I'm all for learning about things. None of us know all
that we should know about how the world works, how we got to be
where we are, and who we really are. This book was a revelation
to me. In fact it was a bigger revelation than Revelation.
Just consider this quote from the site, and see if you don't want
to rush out and know more: "This book clarifies practically
ALL myths, doctrines and mysteries on Earth and reveals clear logic,
beauty and majesty of the Universe, in which EVERYONE OF US has
important role to play. There are no theories in this book. No wishful
thinking or products of imagination of the author. This is an exact
report of the Reality of the Universe." Still, I would
be happy to know half of that if I could have one of those shirts
(and I love that sculpture in the background).
Potter and the Goblet of Fire ... Hell Fire!
added 2 September 2000
it be terrible if the kids got their hands on a book that they liked
to read? The fact that they want to read this rubbish just shows
how clever the devil is. You can't get them to eat broccoli which
is good for them, but you can't keep them away from this fount of
temptation and evil. My daughter read a Harry Potter book and the
next thing you know she was using the Internet. Worse still, she
seems obsessed by witches and I caught her reading something called "Macbeth"
from a great big book full of all sorts of stories about people
with strange names. She told me that the book was written hundreds
of years ago, which was all I needed to know before I burned it.
When you go to this site, put cotton wool in your ears so you can't
hear the satanic music.
[You can put your soul at risk by buying a copy of this book here.]
already, and the book still on the best-seller list. Apparently,
the site where I found this page has been attacked for its "hate"
content and has had to rearrange things. I never saw anything
hateful there. Loony and a bit too religious for my taste,
but no hate. One thing I do hate is people who need to censor
others. I heard a rumour that it was the odious
Benny Hinn who complained.
Potty Trained After Deliverance
added 2 September 2000
there is nothing I can say to add to the beauty and impact of a
site. This is one of those times.
Williams, Animal Communicator added 2 September
I was having a conversation with my cat the
other day, and I asked her about the problems of animal-human verbal
communication. She gave me one of those cat looks, scratched her
ear, yawned and went over to her bowl and ate some Crunchy Things™.
She came back, looked at me again, yawned again, and settled down
to watch NYPD Blue. Hmmmm, I thought. Maybe I would have
better luck with the goldfish. I tried to talk to it but it just
kept talking to itself, saying: "Look, there's a plastic castle.
Oh, there's another plastic castle. My goodness, I see a plastic
castle. ...". It looks like I am going to have to take some
lessons from Marta before we get too far into spring and the sheep